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'What New York Owes Vets'

Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Councilmember Eric Gioia's recent column, "What New York Owes Vets," gets at the heart of what at-risk and homeless veterans need to reclaim their lives [Opinion, "What New York Owes Vets," September 29, 2008]. For our city's at-risk and homeless veterans, we at the Jericho Project believe in providing both the stability of supportive housing and the vocational training for a good employment outcome. That is why we are breaking ground this fall on the first of two special Veterans Residences in...



'Term Limits Talk Spurs Campaign Finance Board'

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

It is an outrage that existing members of the City Council are trying to defy the will of the people who put them in office by trying to vacate term limits [New York, "Term Limits Talk Spurs Campaign Finance Board," September 22, 2008]. Term limits were in place when they were elected and now they want to change the rules in the middle of the game? I believe that Ronald Lauder ought to get going on another campaign, this time term limits for all our state legislators. The Legislature of the...



'For Love of a Ballpark'

Fri, 26 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

'For Love of a Ballpark' I've appreciated Andrew Wolf's prominent voice and thought provoking columns concerning the preservation of Yankee Stadium in recent months [Opinion, "For Love of a Ballpark," September 22, 2008]. Is anyone listening, anywhere? If there is a more deserving building to be preserved, I've failed to find it. STEVEN CORNELL Salt Lake City, Utah 'Unfinished Business' Regarding a recent article, "Unfinished Business" [Arts & Letters, September 16, 2008]. "Virtual JFK: Vietnam...



'The Fate of Totalitarianism'

Thu, 25 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

'The Fate of Totalitarianism' In regards to Adam Kirsch's recent article, "The Fate of Totalitarianism" [Arts & Letters, September 17, 2008]: Hitler knew his war against the Jews and other minorities might well succeed when the mostly European nations and a smattering of non-governmental observers from various countries gathered at the lakeside of Evian in Switzerland before World War II to decide who would take the Jews off the Nazi's hands before their fate was sealed at the Nazi's Wansee...



'Clinton Vs. Palin'

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

In a recent column, Nicholas Wapshott wrote: "Mrs. Palin can rightly ask, what has feminism ever done for me?" [Opinion, "Clinton Vs. Palin," September 10, 2008]. For starters, it was the feminist suffragists who finally secured the vote for all women in every state for future generations, not themselves. In fact, Charlotte Woodward, 91, was the sole survivor of those present at the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention of 1848, when the hard-fought Amendment finally passed 72 years later...



'Rules, Not Rulers'

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Amity Shlaes was spot on with her recent column [Oped, "Rules, Not Rulers," September 17, 2008]. She made a strong case for three sensible rules-based reforms for the financial markets and fiscal policy. To these I would add repeal or reform to two recent rule changes. First, the accounting change to "mark to market" unmarketable assets does nothing but distort by producing large paper losses, part of which in the long run would probably be reversed by large paper profits if companies were not...



'Delgado, Mets Top Nationals In Slugfest'

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

In light of the New York Mets's dramatic turnaround this season, the big question seems to be: What is Jerry Manuel doing different from the way Willie Randolph handled the team [Sports, "Delgado, Mets Top Nationals In Slugfest," September 10, 2008]? It's now very obvious that Mr. Manuel has made a big difference. I believe the critical difference between the two men is their different approaches to the team and the players. For Mr. Manuel, the team is what counts; while for Mr. Randolph, his...



'Up Next: Clinton Vs. Palin'

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

'Up Next: Clinton Vs. Palin' No action on the part of the American body politic could better undercut this country's claim to "exceptionalism" than Nicholas Wapshott's observations about the basic commonality of the public appeal of both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin [Opinion, "Up Next: Clinton Vs. Palin" September 10, 2008]. His conclusion that the same voters who he sees electing John McCain and Mrs. Palin would have elected a Democratic president were Mrs. Clinton on the ticket as either...



'19 Columbia Freshmen Jump to the Ivy League From the Armed Forces'

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

'19 Columbia Freshmen Jump to the Ivy League From the Armed Forces' A recent story about armed forces veterans at Columbia University reminds me of my friend and high school classmate, Phil Lille [New York, "19 Columbia Freshmen Jump to the Ivy League From the Armed Forces," September 5, 2008]. Phil, an All-City athlete, and Tufts University parted company after his freshman (1955-1956) year. He joined the Marines and became a frogman. After his discharge he matriculated at Columbia University...



'New Opposition Rises to Change In Term Limits' and 'Political Effects of Term Limits Law Ripple Well Beyond New York City'

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Two recent articles on the term limit debate offered insightful commentary [New York, "New Opposition Rises to Change In Term Limits," September 8, 2008, and National, "Political Effects of Term Limits Law Ripple Well Beyond New York City," September 8, 2008]. In New York City, Democrats have gerrymandered City Council district lines for more than 50 years, since the days after the abolishment of the old Board of Alderman. At one point, after the borough-wide councilmember at large positions...



'Save Yankee Stadium? Babe's Granddaughter Says "Yes"'

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Jeffrey Becker's recent letter regarding Yankee Stadium deserves the same response I gave to Andrew Wolf on August 22 [Letters, "Save Yankee Stadium? Babe's Granddaughter Says 'Yes,'" September 2, 2008]. With all due respect to wanting to preserve the "old" Yankee Stadium, the stadium being replaced is not the irreplaceable "House that Ruth Built." That was destroyed in 1974 and 1975 when it was remodeled. The field is not the one he played on. Right field along the foul line was only 296 feet...



'A Letter From the Editor: The Future of the Sun'

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

I am very deeply disappointed and disheartened to hear this sad statement [Editorial, "A Letter From the Editor: The Future of the Sun," September 4, 2008]. I have been a subscriber to the Sun for more than three years, and I look forward to it every day. It is a rare voice — a paper that is intelligently written, is pro-America, pro-Israel, and that covers local, national, and international stories that the other mainstream press and broadcast press outlets choose to ignore. And did I mention...



'Our Moral Standing'

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

'Our Moral Standing' Thank you for your recent editorial, "Our Moral Standing," which captured precisely my feelings about this country [Editorial, "Our Moral Standing," August 29, 2008]. As a lifelong Democrat, though not as it turns out a liberal one, living on the Upper East Side, I have had difficulty reconciling my feelings about America with those of most people I know. I simply don't understand the hostile perspective towards this country of people who enjoy the benefits of being...



'Save Yankee Stadium? Babe's Granddaughter Says "Yes"'

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

'Save Yankee Stadium? Babe's Granddaughter Says "Yes"' With due respect to Jeffrey Becker's call to give landmark status to the existing Yankee Stadium, as a life-long Yankee fan from the 1960s, the single biggest reason to not keep the stadium is the experience in the ballpark now [Letters, "Save Yankee Stadium? Babe's Granddaughter Says 'Yes,'" September 2, 2008]. In a word, it is horrible. Walkways and aisles are far too narrow to circulate through comfortably and safely; exiting the stadium...



'A Letter From the Editor: The Future of the Sun'

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

I was saddened by the news of The New York Sun's pending closure [New York, "A Letter From the Editor: The Future of the Sun," September 4, 2008]. While I certainly understand the difficulties in keeping such an enterprise afloat, I think it's important for board members and owners of the Sun to know how vital your publication is to the arts community and in particular, the dance world in New York City. By way of voicing my support, I wanted to share my thoughts about the Sun's arts coverage...



'To Venice: Some Unsolicited Advice'

Tue, 9 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

It is not so much sacrilege that James Gardner achieves in his "unsolicited advice" for the energizing of Piazza San Marco, but something more akin to an American-style tin ear when facing great urban environments [Arts & Letters, "To Venice: Some Unsolicited Advice," August 28, 2008]. When I look upon the piazza, I see something complete and elegant in its sweep and flatness — a kind of spatial silence, unaffected by local concerns. This gift from the past is not in need of alteration. Mr...



'New Food Watchwords at 6 Private Schools: Local, Healthy'

Mon, 8 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The recent article, "New Food Watchwords at 6 Private Schools: Local, Healthy," may mislead consumers about high fructose corn syrup [New York, September 2, 2008]. High fructose corn syrup, sugar, and several fruit juices all contain the same simple sugars. New research continues to confirm that high fructose corn syrup is no different from other sweeteners. It has the same number of calories as sugar and is handled similarly by the body. In 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally...



'Here's My Biden Story'

Fri, 5 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

'Here's My Biden Story' In his book, "My Father's Son," Justice Clarence Thomas relates a similar story about the courteous Senator Biden that is completely different than Justice David Souter's encounter, as David Shribman wrote about in his recent column [Opinion, "Here's My Biden Story," August 29, 2008]. Like Justice Souter, Justice Thomas was invited to tour the hearing chamber a few days in advance and was assured by Mr. Biden that he would start out by asking a few soft ball questions so...



'Highlights From the Scottish School'

Wed, 3 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

In a most engaging article on the Sotheby's auction at Gleneagles, Scotland, Jay Akasie observes that John Lavery's Moroccan period has many striking resonances with works by Winston Churchill [Arts & Letters, "Highlights From the Scottish School," August 19, 2008]. He quotes Sotheby's André Zlattinger as wondering if they might have been acquainted. Indeed they were. In his memoirs, Churchill wrote how, between assignments during his initial term as First Lord of the Admiralty, the painter's...



'Save Yankee Stadium? Babe's Granddaughter Says "Yes"'

Tue, 2 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Regarding Andrew Wolf's recent article, "Save Yankee Stadium? Babe's Granddaughter Says 'Yes,'" I was beginning to think I was the only person out there that could not believe that we are about to tear down the greatest palace in the history of sport since the Roman Coliseum [Opinion, "Save Yankee Stadium? Babe's Granddaughter Says 'Yes,'" August 22, 2008]. Why is not more being said done to prevent this? Where is the supposed Landmarks Preservation Commission on this? If Yankee Stadium is not...



'Vermeer's Afternoon Delights'

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

'Vermeer's Afternoon Delights' I find James Gardner's statement "... the Italian artists whom Vasari admired are the same artists we admire today, in nearly the same ranking and degree" utterly fantastic [Arts & Letters, "Vermeer's Afternoon Delights," July 7, 2008]. For Vasari, the artists of the 16th century were better than those of the 15th century, whereas for modern viewers it is the reverse. Who today admires Pontormo more than Piero della Francesca, who admires Titian, the best of the...



'English's Enduring Value'

Thu, 28 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

'English's Enduring Value' Alicia Colon, in her recent column, promotes several myths about bilingual education [New York, "English's Enduring Value," August 26, 2008]. Bilingual education is not a rejection of English. Research shows that bilingual education is more effective in helping immigrant children learn English than English-only strategies. Mayor Bloomberg's executive order on language access is an important step towards helping immigrants transition into our society by widening the...



'The Honor of 83rd Place'

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Maybe Hillel Halkin "couldn't care less that my country has come in 83rd" at the Olympics [Opinion, "The Honor of 83rd Place," August 26, 2008]. But clearly Israel cares; otherwise, why enter at all? If one doesn't care about winning, one shouldn't really play the game at these levels. If one wants to participate in a world-class event, one should have the interest and drive to win. Yes, dancers and musicians are different from athletes in competitive sports, but even with their individuality...



'A Tombstone for China'

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

At long last, people are learning about the famine that took place in China between 1959 and 1961, the worst in human history. Anne Applebaum's recent column is an important step in this process [Opinion, "A Tombstone for China," August 19, 2008]. The book she refers to, "Tombstone" by Yang Jingshan, will now get translated into many languages and attract the world's attention. The government of China, surprisingly, had until now hidden the story of the greatest catastrophe, in numerical terms...



'Mayor Envisions Wind Farms Creating Power for City'

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Hats off to Mayor Bloomberg for his bold and innovative suggestion to place windmills on bridges and buildings in New York City [New York, "Mayor Envisions Wind Farms Creating Power for City," August 20, 2008]. The mayor is light years ahead of his time. This proposal, if implemented, will help make New York less dependent on foreign oil and more energy efficient. New York State officials should follow Mr. Bloomberg's example. One suggestion: New York State officials are currently studying...



'New Embassy Is a Firm U.S. Flag in China'

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

'New Embassy Is a Firm U.S. Flag in China' The last sentence of "New Embassy Is a Firm U.S. Flag in China" informs us that "the Chinese have set up a secondary perimeter to guard against North Korean refugees who sometimes jump embassy walls seeking asylum" [Foreign, "New Embassy Is a Firm U.S. Flag in China," August 9, 2008]. America and South Korea should both announce that all North Korean refugees will be welcome if they succeed in reaching an embassy. When did the Berlin Wall fall? After...



'Obama's Republicans'

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

'Obama's Republicans' Your recent editorial was brilliant [Editorial, "Obama's Republicans," August 13, 2008]. It got me thinking about the liberal drive to make America more like Europe. My question to them is this: "Why would we want to make America more like Europe when so many of our ancestors tried so hard to get out of Europe and come to America?" ARTHUR HORN East Windsor, N.J. 'Salary Talks May Lead to Home Health Aide Strike' Home care workers are the backbone of the home care industry...



'Untying a Georgian Knot'

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

The splendid analysis of the South Ossetia-Abkhazia situation by Hillel Halkin should be required reading by the Bush administration and both candidates for president [Oped, "Untying a Georgian Knot," August 12, 2008]. Others have spoken of respecting Georgia's sovereignty, but what about the yearnings for independence of the two provinces that never wanted to be a part of Georgia? The damage of Russia's roll into Georgia has been widely featured, but ignored was the damage of Georgia's roll...



'Quinn's Rent'

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Your reports and editorial suggest self-interest on the part of several City Council members who are seeking approval authority over appointees to the rent guidelines board because they live in rent-regulated apartments — and some of them — like wealthy New Yorkers — even have second homes or own property elsewhere, including properties they inherited [Editorial, "Quinn's Rent," August 11, 2008]. But the vast numbers, the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers living in rent-regulated apartments...



'Obama's War on Women'

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Your editorial today accusing Barack Obama of creating a new marriage penalty in his tax plan and declaring a "war on women" was an outrageous distortion [Editorial, "Obama's War on Women," August 14, 2008]. The truth is that under Mr. Obama's tax plan not a single new couple would get a marriage penalty because they have high incomes. Not one. In fact, some of Mr. Obama's other tax plans would eliminate the marriage penalty faced by a great many low-income workers currently receiving the...



Comptroller Projects Budget Shortfall for City

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

'Comptroller Projects Budget Shortfall for City,' 'Paterson's Tax Cap Plan May End Up Costing City' Two recent articles in the Sun caught my attention: "Comptroller Projects Budget Shortfall for City" [New York, July 28, 2008] and "Paterson's Tax Cap Plan May End Up Costing City" [New York, July 24, 2008]. There is an unspoken link between these two columns, one that can help both the governor and the city. The Educational Tax Incentives Act (S.3627-A/A.6432-A) is a forward-thinking legislative...



'Obama's Pilfered Prayer Note'

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

'Obama's Pilfered Prayer Note' Hillel Halkin is incorrect in stating that aspiring to be an instrument of God's will is indicative of "dangerous" pride [Oped, "Obama's Pilfered Prayer Note," July 29, 2008]. Indeed, as part of the Jewish liturgy with which Jews throughout the world usher in the Sabbath each Friday evening, we sing the beautiful liturgical poem "Yedid Nefesh" ("Beloved of the Soul"), in which we ask God to "draw your servant to Your will." Does not such a desire necessarily...



'Paterson's Panic'

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Regarding a recent article in the Sun, in 1970 I was the Conservative Party's candidate for New York State comptroller. I called for restraint on the state's budget, to no avail [Oped, "Paterson's Panic," July 30, 2008]. At that time, Nelson Rockefeller was a berserk spender as have been his successors for the last 40 years, both Democrat and Republican. Governor Paterson's Paul Revere act is laughable. Where has he been for the last 20 years? He has been snoozing in the Albany backwater — only...



'Hospital Obstetrics Ward Will Close Amid Malpractice Crisis'

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

I would like to congratulate The New York Sun and reporter E.B. Solomont for once again bringing the medical malpractice issue to light in the story "Hospital Obstetrics Ward Will Close Amid Malpractice Crisis" [New York, July 31, 2008]. It will truly be an unfortunate and sad day when Long Island College Hospital closes the ward — a victim of New York State's escalating medical liability mayhem. When a maternity ward shuts its doors, the impact on the community is significant. Neighboring...



'Thinking About the Dollar'

Mon, 11 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Usually sure-footed, Martin Feldstein stumbles when he argues that "America will need a trade surplus" in order to "repay" today's trade deficit [Opinion, "Thinking About the Dollar," July 28, 2008]. First, the only part of the trade deficit that must be repaid is the part that becomes debt, such as when foreigners buy Treasury notes. When foreigners buy dollar-denominated equity or real estate, or when they make greenfield investments in America or simply hold dollars, no debt is created. None...



'Huge Sell-Off of Air Rights Is Eyed by City'

Fri, 8 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

'Huge Sell-Off of Air Rights Is Eyed by City' Nearly half a million New Yorkers who live in public housing are experiencing a drastic decline in quality of life because the federal and state governments have failed to meet their obligations [New York, "Huge Sell-Off of Air Rights Is Eyed by City," August 4, 2008]. Now, the president of Manhattan, Scott Stringer, has decided to inject himself into the conversation and apparently on the wrong side. Workers may lose their jobs and residents may...



'New Law Allows Residents To Fight Unwanted Flyers'

Thu, 7 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

'New Law Allows Residents To Fight Unwanted Flyers' "New Law Allows Residents To Fight Unwanted Flyers," concerning the distribution of public flyers, is disappointing to residents of New York City who cherish free speech [New York, August 4, 2008]. Perhaps state Senator Frank Padavan, a Republican, state Assemblyman Mark Weprin, a Democrat, and Council Member Simcha Felder, who all support this legislation, have forgotten about the First Amendment. Consider the great obstacles challengers face...



"Education Research Group Moves Toward Action"

Wed, 6 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Regarding the article "Education Research Group Moves Toward Action," any light shed on schools data is welcome but this private initiative should not supplant independent public accountability [New York, July 28, 2008]. The Research Alliance for New York City is best suited to assist researchers in obtaining customized datasets so that the Department of Education can apply study results to school improvement. But the Alliance, with its interlocking financial and political interests, will...



'Mao and Minneapolis'

Tue, 5 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Regarding the article "Mao and Minneapolis," Eliot Cutler is naïve if he believes that the Chinese government's repressive policies in Tibet stem from "wrestling with the line between church and state" [Oped, "Mao and Minneapolis," July 31, 2008]. Beijing's concerns in Tibet are far less philosophical. It seeks to maintain coercive control over a population in which pro-independence sentiment runs high, and in which Buddhism is closely linked with the Tibetan national identity. Mr. Cutler also...



'Selling Prints for Generations'

Mon, 4 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

The piece in the Sun on the Old Print Shop on Lexington Avenue is terrific and reminds me of the many family-owned businesses that are still in New York [Arts&Letters, "Selling Prints for Generations," July 23, 2008]. The Argosy Bookstore, at 116 East 59th Street, stands out as another. Just as the Newman family created the old Print Shop, Argosy was created by the Hamples and is a wonderful testimony as to what makes this city truly unique. ROBERT DILENSCHNEIDER New York, N.Y. 'The Saudi...



'Brooklyn Blackout'

Fri, 1 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Con Edison serves 2.5 million Brooklyn residents among its 880,000 metered customers in that borough [Editorial, "Brooklyn Blackout," July 21, 2008]. Certainly, we recognize the hardship of the 2,000 customers who lost power on July 20 — we're not happy if even one customer is out. More than 200 Con Edison repair crews hit the streets to prevent the problem from getting worse, and, working closely with the city's Office of Emergency Management, the NYPD, other city agencies, and the community...



'Bitter Holocaust Battle Plays Out on Capitol Hill'

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Holocaust survivors, and their children and grandchildren, strongly support legislation to hold insurance companies accountable for the policies they sold to European Jews who became victims of the Holocaust [National, "Bitter Holocaust Battle Plays Out on Capitol Hill," July 23, 2008]. The Sun's story quotes others as saying that the bill is being driven by the financial motives of our attorney, Sam Dubbin. Aside from the fact that Mr. Dubbin has represented us for years at our behest with...



'The Gathering Threat'

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

'The Gathering Threat' Kenneth Blackwell commits the same confusion of rights and privileges that he imputes to others: he states that a threat to rescind the tax-exempt status of certain religious groups constitutes a threat to freedom of religion as embodied in the First Amendment [Oped, "The Gathering Threat," July 17, 2008]. The First Amendment recognizes a right to "the free exercise" of religion; it neither recognizes nor establishes a right to a tax subsidy for that exercise. Contrary to...



'Commute of the Future? The Bus'

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

'Commute of the Future? The Bus' I agree with Patrick McIlheran that it costs less to build a bus rapid transit line than to build a similar rail line [Oped, "Commute of the Future? The Bus," July 18, 2008]. However, I believe he overlooks many advantages that rail offers compared to buses. For example, Mr. McIlheran states that buses cost less to purchase than rail cars. While that is true, reliable, properly maintained rail cars can last 30 to 40 years in regular service. Reliable, properly...



'New Big-Box Store May Make East Harlem a Target Market'

Mon, 28 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

'New Big-Box Store May Make East Harlem a Target Market' I am writing to clarify some misinformation that was included in The New York Sun article entitled "New Big-Box Store May Make East Harlem a Target Market," [New York, July 3, 2008]. East Harlem lags behind Central Harlem in home prices because of the difference in housing stock, not shopping amenities, as a real estate broker was quoted as saying. The housing stock of Central Harlem is made up of rowhouses and brownstones, and therefore...



"Amazon Tax Battle Rages in The Capital"

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

"Amazon Tax Battle Rages in The Capital" Regarding "Amazon Tax Battle Rages in The Capital," as New York's Congressional delegates contest state efforts to tax out-of-state income, they should focus not just on the taxation of out-of-state companies with no physical presence, but also on the taxation of out-of-state telecommuters [New York, July 17, 2008]. If a Connecticut resident is employed by a New York company and works some or most of the time from his Connecticut home, New York will tax...



'Medical Benchmarking Is Deadly'

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Betsy McCaughey accuses New York's health care community of being complacent about reducing hospital infections [Opinion, "Medical Benchmarking Is Deadly," July 21, 2008]. Nothing could be further from the truth. While New York's hospitals are pleased Ms. McCaughey shares their deep commitment to reducing infections, she is not entitled to her own facts. The real story? We are national leaders in reducing infections, and strongly supported the State Health Department's report on...



'How Payroll of Paterson Dwarfs All'

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Your recent story on employee salaries within the Executive Chamber attempts to contrast compensation within the governor's offices of several states, including New York [New York, "How Payroll of Paterson Dwarfs All," July 14, 2008]. But it fails to offer any context for these comparisons. New York is a diverse and complex state with a very high cost of living. It places unique demands on policymakers in the areas of homeland security, financial services regulation, health care, education, and...



'Don't Blame Rangel for His Rent'

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

A recent article in The New York Sun, "Don't Blame Rangel for His Rent," presents rent regulation as an abuse-ridden system rather than what it actually is: a very effective solution to New York's debilitating housing shortage [Oped, July 14, 2008]. Rent regulation was created because the government realized that the housing shortage in New York, if left unaddressed, would causes rents to skyrocket and make tenants extremely vulnerable to landlord abuses. It provides important protections to...



'Opera, in Translation'

Fri, 18 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

'Opera, in Translation' John McWhorter's column on supertitles at opera houses minimizes the wonderful benefits of titles accompanying operas [Oped, "Opera, in Translation," July 10, 2008]. Titles allow for increased comprehension as the opera evolves, helping one make sense out of what otherwise would be tedious stretches and adding to one's appreciation of the plot. In the first act of Puccini's "Madame Butterfly," there is an eruption on stage that traditionally has not been recognized for...